LibriVox recording of Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare.
William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, based on true events, concerns the conspiracy against Julius Caesar, his assassination in 44 BC, and its immediate aftermath. Probably written in 1599 and among the first of Shakespeare's plays to be performed at the Globe Theater, Julius Caesar is one of his best-known dramas and has received innumerable performances throughout the centuries. (Summary by Laurie Anne Walden after Wikipedia)
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November 21, 2010 Subject:
If you have tears...
While the idea of volunteering and producing a public domain recording is commendable and the efforts of most readers to be welcomed there is also a problem with quality.
Unfortunately, most of this version is close to awful. It's almost entirely lacking any sense of drama or passion.
Librivox does not want reviews or feedback for the fear of putting volunteers off. Understandably. But what is the point of then filling hyperspace with poor quality work? Who then gains from that?
There are a few readers here who do a pretty good job, but some are so bad they kill the play and make the whole thing a lifeless drudge, the result too of having a mix-match of voices that include women/girls in male roles (in itself not a bad thing, but sometimes just adding to the cut and paste feel) and others whose native language is not English so that the accents are tasking.
Really some kind of quality direction should be made with these volunteer recordings, however well-intentioned they may be.
The idea of audio Shakespeare is really important, it makes the reading of the texts compeltely different, but should add to the drama and vitality of the work not take away from it!